HP introduced the Color LaserJet 2600 in May 2005 at a price of just $399. This low introduction price was possible in part because the 2600 was built around the Canon LBP-5000/5100 tandem print engine that reduced tandem-design color entry costs by up to 50 percent.
The most notable feature was the small footprint, as compared to previous models. The reduction in size meant a reduction in weight and manufacturing costs for Canon, and the small footprint helped to drive the 2600n as a printer of preference for the corporate personal-use printer market.
The LaserJet 2600 and LBP-5000 family all-in-one (AIO) toner cartridges require a replacement chip for printers to function properly.